Live Seminar

The Judges Speak: Civil Court Litigation Do's and Don'ts

Seminar

Date:

Friday, April 20, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79187ER

Location:

University Center

525 South State Street

Chicago, IL 60605

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IL CLE - 6.00

Program Description

Learn What the Civil Court Judges Want You to Know to be a Better Advocate

Knowing what your judge expects will give you a leg up when heading to court. That's why we've gathered the local civil court judges to tell you up front what the rules and expectations in their courtrooms are. Take the opportunity to ask your questions and hear what other attorneys may struggle with. Up your litigation game - register today!

  • Hear first-hand about the judges' pet peeves and preferences.
  • Find out how you can speed up your case and promote settlement.
  • Learn when to resolve issues on your own and when to involve the judge.
  • Clarify the rules of evidence as they're applied in specific situations.
  • Identify unacceptable litigation tactics that can get you sanctioned.
  • Avoid common mistakes in discovery, pre-trial conferences and trial presentation.
  • Make your interactions with the judge positive and effective.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level judicial forum is designed for attorneys.

Course Content

Morning Session

  1. Navigating the Local Civil Court Procedure: Concrete Rules and Unwritten Etiquette
  2. Initial Pleadings: Laying out the Legal and Factual Issues of the Case
  3. Answers to Common Questions Asked in Case Conferences
  4. Case Scheduling: Fast-Tracking Options and Handling Conflicts and Delays
  5. Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
  6. Cooperation Between Counsel
  7. Judges' View of Discovery
  8. Pre-Trial Briefs that Promote Settlement
  9. Unacceptable Pre-Trial Litigation Tactics

Afternoon Session

  1. Seeking the Judge's Guidance Outside of Scheduled Conferences
  2. Jury Selection and Juror Requests: What is Appropriate?
  3. Types of Evidence Judges Value Most/Least
  4. Witness Selection and Testimony: What Works and What's a Waste of Time for Everyone
  5. Legal Ethics
  6. Trial Presentation Do's and Don'ts
  7. How to Confuse the Jury: Top Mistakes Judges Have Seen
  8. Effective Ways of Handling Facts in Controversy at Trial

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Morning Session 9:00 - 12:00
Panelists: Hon. Janet Adams Brosnahan, Hon. Kathy M. Flanagan, Hon. John Joseph Hynes, Hon. Daniel J. Kubasiak, Hon. Casandra Lewis and Hon. Clare Elizabeth McWilliams
Moderator: Robert A. Kezelis

  1. Navigating the Local Civil Court Procedure: Concrete Rules and Unwritten Etiquette
  2. Initial Pleadings: Laying out the Legal and Factual Issues of the Case
  3. Answers to Common Questions Asked in Case Conferences
  4. Case Scheduling: Fast-Tracking Options and Handling Conflicts and Delays
  5. Summary Judgment Motions and Hearings
  6. Cooperation Between Counsel
  7. Judges' View of Discovery
    1. Common Discovery Dispute Issues
    2. When You Should and Should Not Make Objections
    3. What is Appropriate for a Privilege Log
    4. When to Use a Motion to Compel
    5. How to Avoid Messing Up the Timing
    6. When are Sanctions a Possibility?
  8. Pre-Trial Briefs that Promote Settlement
  9. Unacceptable Pre-Trial Litigation Tactics

Afternoon Session 1:00 - 4:30
Panelists: Hon. Margaret A. Brennan, Hon. Thomas More Donnelly, Hon. Lynn M. Egan, Hon. Jerry A. Esrig, Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard, Hon. Diane M. Shelley and Hon. Irwin J. Solganick
Moderator: Robert A. Kezelis

  1. Seeking the Judge's Guidance Outside of Scheduled Conferences
    1. When is it Appropriate to Contact the Judge or the Clerk
    2. What Questions are Acceptable?
    3. Is it Ok to Contact the Judge During a Deposition?
  2. Jury Selection and Juror Requests: What is Appropriate?
  3. Types of Evidence Judges Value Most/Least
  4. Witness Selection and Testimony: What Works and What's a Waste of Time for Everyone
  5. Legal Ethics (2:45 - 3:45)
    1. The Meaning of "Justice" and the Role of the Judges and Attorneys in Upholding it
    2. Candor Toward Tribunal
    3. The Duty of Zealous Representation in the Courtroom Setting
    4. How Judges and Lawyers can Work Together to Improve the Justice System
  6. Trial Presentation Do's and Don'ts
  7. How to Confuse the Jury: Top Mistakes Judges Have Seen
  8. Effective Ways of Handling Facts in Controversy at Trial

HON. MARGARET A. BRENNAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. JANET ADAMS BROSNAHAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. THOMAS MORE DONNELLY is an Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. LYNN M. EGAN is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. JERRY A. ESRIG is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. KATHY M. FLANAGAN is a Supervising Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. ARNETTE R. HUBBARD is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. JOHN JOSEPH HYNES is an Associate Judge in the Municipal Department and is assigned to the Fifth Municipal District and is additionally assigned to the Law Division.

HON. DANIEL J. KUBASIAK is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. CASANDRA LEWIS is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. CLARE ELIZABETH MCWILLIAMS is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. DIANE M. SHELLEY is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

HON. IRWIN J. SOLGANICK is a Circuit Court Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

MODERATOR - ROBERT A. KEZELIS is a sole practitioner in Palos Heights, Illinois, where he practices in the areas of civil litigation, family law, and complex litigation. He is a former adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School and, in 1991, he was the first American professor invited to teach in Lithuania after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Mr. Kezelis has spoken for various professional groups on topics related to his areas of practice. He earned his B.A. degree from Northwestern University and his J.D. degree from John Marshall Law School. Mr. Kezelis is a member of the Chicago (member, Professional Responsibility, Civil Practice and Judicial Evaluation committees), Illinois State, and Lithuanian American (former president) bar associations, as well as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:

Phone: 866-240-1890

Email: credit@nbi-sems.com

Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IL CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 6.0 hours of CLE credit, which includes approval for 1.0 hour of legal ethics CLE credit by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.


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